Tuesday, March 6

Karate & Heaven

Samuel went to his second karate class today. He LOVES his class, but he has a hard time being completely still. He is so excited to be there & he just smiles & does a little dance the entire time. However, I think the structure & demand for respect will be wonderful lessons for him to learn. Not that we haven't tried at home... we just haven't had exactly the results we'd like to have. I'm hoping his karate class will teach both him & me a little more about self-control & respect. We'll see...

Samuel has always asked a lot of questions about Heaven. He's very curious about it. He's fascinated with outer space & he thinks of Heaven as this wonderful place up in outer space. (Who can argue with that?) However, his statement the other day totally threw me off:

"Mom, I wish I could die today & go to Heaven to be with Jesus."

Okay, I'm trying not to take this personally. But, I'm wondering if he thinks his little 5-year-old life is really that bad that he already wishes to die?!?! Surely not. I know he loves Jesus & understands that when we get to Heaven, we'll be with Jesus eternally. So, I'm positive that's how he meant it. And, truthfully, as Christians, our hope is that Jesus will come back soon for all of us. But, I have a really hard time truly wishing for that, while still wishing that I'll live on this earth long enough to see my kids grow up & have kids of their own. Maybe my son has the right idea, but it is hard for me to see it that way. I just want him here as long as possible! I honestly didn't know how to respond to him, except to say, "But, I sure would miss you!"

I can't even think about it...

2 comments:

Dana Lynne said...

Awww, that's tough! But you must be doing something right for Samuel to love Jesus so much...right? Your response was perfect and true. I can't wait to meet Samuel - he seems like a thoughtful little guy! As a side note, we've always talked about how karate would be a great thing for Jillian (and any other futureu children!) to do - as another way to teach discipline and respect. I look forward to seeing y'all soon and talking about all this fun stuff!

Lynn said...

You and Sam are doing such a great job with your kids. I am surprised when I read about their behavior at home because they are always perfect in Children's Worship and SONkids. A few weeks ago one of the 6th grade girls in my class said she did not want to have to leave all her "stuff" to go to heaven. I am glad that Samuel already understands what a wonderful place it will be. I know what you are saying as a mom, so what we can all hope for that the Lord returns soon and takes us all there at the same time!